The Counter Strategy is s an anagram of the it’s creators name Scott Robert Gurney. He began writing music in as early as 2013. Once establishing Mad Panda as a recognizable name in the alternative scene, he branched out into a new sound. He released Wabi, Sabi & Yugen the artists debut album. This sound was a concise and experimental push into a new side of alternative music, which featured complicated lyrical structure and big melodic symphonies. Since then, The Counter Strategy has moved onto their sophomore album, entitled “Through the Readprism, into the Gurneyverse.”
This song is the first collaboration with new artist K J Leone, who supplied the lyrics for this endeavour. The lyrics are simply beautiful! The song talks about hope, love and dreams, but also the repetitive cycle of mood and self reflection. It is all at once a humble and grandiose vision which gives this song it’s simple complexity.
What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?
The Counter Strategy (TCS:) We aren’t like everyone else, in terms of production or lyrics, we just aren’t comparable to what’s out there at the moment.
If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?
TCS: the Glory days of Kanye West.
Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?
TCS: Build an Empire – because I think it’s beautifully honest and has a textured complexity.
Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?
TCS: Studio time is the best time.
What would you consider your most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?
TCS: This new album we’ve been working on is so vast in scope, that it really is the biggest thing either of us have ever worked on, and it is a multi genre megalith of collaboration and purpose.
What inspires you the most about the music industry these days?
TCS: Doing it our own way, we don’t feel like we have to follow any sort of one tack genre or mold – because the industry is full of artists trying to be the same – it inspires us to be different.
What kind of impact do you want to make with your music?
TCS: Music is passion and we love to express it. We hope it reassures listeners, that things are tough, but we can make it, somehow. Through these cycles of up and down…it’s all worth it.